‘Support Talent—Donate!’, 2022

‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Endowment Fund launches a fundraising campaign under the motto ‘Support talent—Donate!’ for individual financial support of the nominees in the competition for the ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Prize for young talents in contemporary arts and science.

The main objective of the initiative is to support young people financially and morally by encouraging their professional development and their participation in international educational exchange.

Dr Ivalina Trendafilova

nanoscience and nanotechnologies

Postdoctoral fellowship (January 2021–January 2024), University of Namur, Belgium

‘Promoting science in a language accessible to broader sections of society is important as it would help us to understand the scientific results obtained and their possible benefits. Based on these convictions of mine, I am enthusiastically involved in the dissemination of scientific results through various channels, such as media (television, radio), social networks and seminars; and this was my motivation for applying for the National Prize in support of young talent in the arts and science of the “13 Centuries of Bulgaria” National Endowment Fund.’


Master of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, St Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia;

Doctor of Sciences, Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, BAS, Sofia;

Author of scores of scientific publications in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnologies.

Project leader of:

  • Development of New Nanocomposites for Controlled Delivery of Anti-inflammatory and Antineoplastic Drugs, Programme for Supporting Young Scientists and PhD Students, BAS,
  • New Delivery Systems of Bioflavonoids Based on Modified Mesoporous Silica Carriers, Programme for Supporting Young Scientists and PhD Students, BAS,
    DFNP 17-58/26.07.2017–26.01.2019;
  • Supply Systems of Biologically Active Substances of Natural Origin on the Basis of Innovative Organic/Inorganic Carriers, under the MUP Programme 01.04.2020–31.03.2021.

Member of national and international scientific networks:

  • Union of Chemists in Bulgaria;
  • Slovenian Zeolite Association;
  • European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences.

Winner of awards and distinctions, including the Prof. Marin Drinov Award for Young Scientists, Nanoscience, New Materials and Technologies Research Division, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2019

Nominee for the ‘13th century Bulgaria’ National Prize in support of young talent in the arts and science, 2020, and

Pythagoras Prize for Contribution to the Development of Science, Grand Prize for Young Scientist, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2021.

Ana Kostova

artist, painting

Master’s Degree in Painting (2021–23); ‘Free Art’ under Prof. Antje Majewski, Muthesius Academy of Art, Kiel, Germany

‘I have always striven to develop and seek my artistic recognisability. At present, I continue to be principally engaged in painting, but I am also experimenting with new techniques and materials. Education offers me the opportunity to present my art to a new public in another country and the fact that it is appreciated motivates me to continue to develop and keep on aiming higher.’

Master’s Degree in Painting from the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, under Prof. Zdravka Vasileva, M.A.


Her works were included in the following exhibitions:

‘Portrait’, 2020, Shipka 6 Gallery, UBA, Sofia, Bulgaria; ‘At the Beginning’, 2020, Rayko Aleksiev Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

‘Rosa-Grün’, 2020, Ansharpark, Kiel, Germany; ‘Import-Export’, 2021, Prima Kunst, City Gallery, Kiel, Germany.

Victoria Zhelyazkova

sociology of culture

Master’s Degree in Sociology of Culture (March 2021–January 2023), Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia


‘If, in the uncertain times in which we live, only a small portion of our attention is focused on the concept of “care”, then my work aims to disclose areas, methods and ways through which, in appropriate language, we can approach the implementation of forms of care, both for ourselves and for our environment.’

Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Culture from Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Delyan Balev

international relations

Master’s Degree in Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes (2021–23), Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria

‘My dream is for Bulgaria to become a positive model for both Europe and the world. And for the Bulgarian people to be the engine for prosperity in the cultural and spiritual, social, political and economic spheres. I believe that through our joint efforts, work, perseverance and collectivism, this is possible!’

Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Saint Petersburg State University, Russian Federation

Delegate to the 2020 General Assembly in the United Nations’ Change the World Virtual Model

Specialist in International Affairs and Diplomacy with the Youth Diplomacy Journal, 2020–21, Russian Federation